How to Control Rats & Mice
around your Home

Australia has more than 60 species of native rodents. There are also three introduced types of rodents:

* Rattus norvegicus - the sewer or brown rat
* Rattus rattus - the roof or black rat
* Mus musculus - the house mouse.

It is the introduced rodents that cause problems in urban areas. These are known as commensal rodents - those that live with or near people and depend on humans for at least part of their food or shelter. They are often attracted to houses for food and shelter as the weather cools in autumn/winter.

INSPECTION
It is necessary to determine the species, the extent and severity of the problem, plus the location of harbourages,
areas of activity and appropriate control strategies.

TRAPPING
There are a variety of traps including curiosity traps, sticky boards and snap traps. The placement of these devices is critical to their success.

BAITING
This is the most common method used by Pest Managers and by the general public - the differences are that Pest Managers know which active ingredients and formulations are most suitable for the situation at hand. This is especially important if you have pets that could eat a rat or mouse that has been baited. Childs Pest Services use locked bait stations to prevent children or pets gaining access to the baits. However, if a non-target animal feeds on the bait, take the animal and a sample of the bait to a veterinarian. If the animal shows signs of poisoning, the vet will administer an antidote.

Some properties are invaded in autumn every year as
rats and mice seek shelter in cooler weather.
Others may be invaded when nearby areas are developed.
If you are aware of a potential influx, contact us to introduce a program before the event.
Phone Sandy on 45 777 910 to book an appointment.

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